Kate & josh
Josh proposed at Formby pinewoods on one of our favourite dog walks with our little Springer Sadie. Afterwards Josh had planned a brunch at Kate's parents house and then a trip to Emma Bridgewater Factory (as Kate loves Emma Bridgewater!) and then a meal out with our parents.
It took us a while to decide on what type of wedding we wanted. We looked ay so many different options, local hotels, popular wedding venues in the area, marquees, locations further away etc... To be honest, the decision was MASSIVE and we wanted to make sure we got it right but felt SO overwhelmed with the amount of choices available! We were also mindful of the costs as we didn't want to spend tens of thousands for one day, and would much rather have spent money on a honeymoon!
We decided to go back to what was the most important to us.
Local. Family, Friends. Church. Intimate. Cake. PARTY!
We visited some local villages and church halls to try and pick what was right for us. After looking around it made us realise we were SO lucky to live where we live with such a lovely village right on our doorstep.
So we decided to make our day a local and low-key in the places we know and love. We wanted a small wedding and then a BIG celebration afterwards
We met with Rebecca the Vicar at St Cuthbert's who was so kind and helpful. We had our ceremony at the church. We then held a small Wedding Breakfast with our nearest and dearest at our favourite Local Restaurant (Botanic Road Bar and Eatery). For our evening reception, we wanted more people and to have a big party so we used the local church hall. All of the venues were in an arms-length of each other. All our family live close so this meant that transport was not an issue.
Our favourite people pitched in to make the day perfect, which in the end made the build-up to the big day so special and memorable. A bridesmaid Jasmin made ALL the cakes; our family and friends helped with the decoration of the hall; Kate's uncle chauffeurred us on the day; a family friend did the DJ'ing. We also used local suppliers wherever we could (Flowers from The Garden Room, Cheese from Churchtown Deli, Bar from Word of Mouth).
I originally went shopping to Kleinfeld's Bridal in New York (From Say yes to the dress!) whilst in New York for my Mum's 50th birthday.
After trying on all sorts of fancy dresses with incredible detailing and embelishments, I realised this was NOT me at all.
Instead, I went to Birkdale Bridal room with my mum. I tried on a handful of dresses which were much simpler and decided on the dress (and it was in the sale, BONUS!).
My dress was plain with a high scoop neck and some lace detailing on the shoulders and around the waist. It had an open back and a small train. Being tall and very clumsy, I didn't want anything I could fall over! I also wanted to keep the dress simple, as at the point of picking the dress we had already decided on the details of the big day so wanted to make sure the style of the dress suited the day.
Favourite Moments & Memories from the day...
So many to chose from! Some of our favourite moments of the day:
Kate- getting ready with the bridesmaids and Mum in the morning. Mum buying SO many croissants she could have fed the 5000.
Josh- going to the local pub before the church with the groomsmen. Kate's brother Tom trying to get Josh to change his mind commenting "its not too late now Josh, I've got your passport. Me and Dad KNOW what she's like and will completely understand, just run... now!". In the church the Vicar's kind words about our relationship and our future together. So personal and memorable- we both cried! We also loved the readings by our cousin's and Kate's friend entitled 'How Falling in Love is like Owning a Dog'. At the Bar and Eatery, seeing everyone's faces and how happy everyone was. When looking back at the pictures Lynette captured this so well. Listening to the Father of the Bride Speech and Best Man Speech.
A child Kate works with coming to the park to see us on our big day and getting some lovely pictures! Our favourite memory of all is having all of our favourite people there. We feel so lucky to have such amazing friends and family and that we could spend the day with them.
Advice to couples planning their special day...
The best advice we could give is to have the day that you want to have. Do not feel pressured by what is the 'norm' or by what other people are doing. Just because you are having a smaller, less expensive wedding it doesn't mean your wedding day, memories or celebration will be any less. At the end of the day, it is all about the person you love and celebrating the rest of your life together. Make the day personal and about you. Invite the people you want there and no more. Have the food and cake that you like (we had 9 cakes!). Prioritise your own ideas and forget everyone else's opinions. Most importantly, have fun with the people you love the most. It is over so fast and we wish we could do it over again already!
Hairdresser- G style Hair Southport
All the beauty- Make up, nails, tan- Glow Salon Birkdale (Sam)
Dress and Veil- Birkdale Bride Room
Grooms suits- Slaters in Liverpool
Flowers- The Garden Room
Evening Bar Hire- Word of Mouth, Hesketh Drive Churchtown
Evening Food- Holmes Smith Butchers
Bridesmaids gifts- Angels of Churchtown
Cheese- Churchtown Deli
Table and Chairs (Evening) -Wirral Table and Chair Hire
LOVE Sign- SJ Venue Dressing
Photo frame and signage - Graphic wise, Churchtown
Wedding Night Air BnB- Mill Lane, Churchtown
Wedding Breakfast- Botanic Road Bar and Eatery